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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold
By (author): Nancy Atherton
9780525522683 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General Jun 18, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 5.72 x 8.55 x 0.84 in 240 pages Viking
In the newest installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dreary Christmas leads to hidden treasure and new friendships

It’s almost Christmas in the small English village of Finch—and everyone is sick. Though many of the villagers regretfully decline their invitations to Emma Harris’s annual Christmas bash, Lori Shepherd has no intention of missing it. When the winter weather takes a turn for the worse, it’s agreed that none of the guests will leave until morning. There’s general merriment as the Christmas party becomes a pajama party—until a car appears in the winding driveway and promptly slides off the slick pavement and into a ditch.

Matilda “Tilly” Trout—a lost and scatterbrained, middle-aged woman—is mercifully unhurt and invited to stay the night. While she catches her breath, Emma asks her other guests if they would like a tour of the Manor—including an odd room that puzzles her. Several guests put forth guesses as to its purpose, but it’s Tilly who correctly identifies the room as a chapel. Placing a palm on one of the ornately-carved panels, Tilly finds a hidden compartment concealing a pile of glittering treasure—including an exquisitely decorated heart made of solid gold. Where did it come from, and why does it look so different from everything else in the chapel? Why didn’t Emma even know about this hidden compartment in her own home until now—and how did Tilly?

With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help and Tilly’s bewildering store of knowledge, Lori and friends set out to unravel the mystery behind the heart of gold. And, against all odds—and Christmas finally comes to Finch!

Story Locale: Rye, England (Coastal Southeast England)

SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE: We’ve had great success with Nancy’s Facebook giveaways, which is also where she interacts with fans and posts photos of her trips through Aunt Dimity’s rural English settings.

RENEWED REVIEW ATTENTION: Even after 24 books, Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom has been receiving great reviews as Nancy’s ideas are as fresh as ever.

DEVOTED FANBASE ALWAYS READY FOR THE NEXT BOOK: Nancy’s fans regularly write letters to her via her website, Aunt Dimity’s World; they send her replicas of the main character’s stuffed rabbit and one fan even sent her a fan art quilt she made!

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-four Aunt Dimity Mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity’s Death, was voted “One of the Century’s 100 Favorite Mysteries” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Author Residence: Colorado Springs, CO

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Praise for Nancy Atherton and the Aunt Dimity series:

“Coziest of cozies and a good bet for those who miss Dorothy Cannell’s Ellie Haskell mysteries.” —Booklist

“[Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse is] perhaps the most heartwarming entry in this long-running series…one that presents a very different path to solving the case.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure], Atherton’s amiable 21st paranormal cozy…smoothly blends history, village life, and the otherworldly.”—Publisher’s Weekly

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King illuminates the layered writing room of Nancy Atherton’s mind…. The best of Nancy Atherton on full display.”—Electric Review

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